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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward

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    • 4.9 • 133 Ratings

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

    Y’golonac and The Revelations of Gla’aki

    Y’golonac and The Revelations of Gla’aki

    We’re back and we’re catching up with our reading. Until recently, we thought we’d seen the most sanity-blasting fanfic the internet could offer. Between terrible prose, wooden characters, and unacceptable levels of horniness, bad fanfic can eat your brain quicker than a hungry ghoul. But this twelfth volume of The Revelations of Gla’aki is in a league of its own. We’re used to Mary-Sue protagonists taking over the narrative, but this Y’golonac character keeps threatening to take over the reader. It’s irritating, but probably not worth losing our heads over.







    Main Topic: Y’golonac and The Revelations of Gla’aki







    This episode is our latest exploration of the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. We have devoted previous episodes to Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian, Ithaqua, and Cthulhu. This time, we’re returning to Ramsey Campbell, following our earlier discussions of his creations, Daoloth and Eihort, and Gla’aki.







    Specifically, it’s the turn of everyone’s favourite headless monstrosity — Y’golonac! As disturbing as Y’golonac’s appearance is, his recruitment techniques are far worse. We spend some time discussing how we might use Y’golonac in our games and how we might avoid crossing any personal lines in doing so.







    At the same time, this is also a follow-up to last episode’s exploration of Gla’aki, perusing the tome which connects him to Y’golonac — The Revelations of Gla’aki. This unusual book is almost a character in its own right, stretching the definition of a living document.







    And do hang around after the credits for a bonus from our good friends at the HP Lovecraft Historical Society.







    Y’golonac





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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * The Revelations of Gla’aki* “The Render of the Veils” by Ramsey Campbell* Daoloth* “The Inhabitant of the Lake&#8...

    • 1 hr
    Mythos Deities: Gla’aki

    Mythos Deities: Gla’aki

    We’re back and we’re holidaying at Deepfall Water in sunny Gloucestershire. The area may be a bit rundown but you can’t argue with these prices. Buying a house here cost us less than a week in Benidorm, and it even came with a free library in the cellar! Our estate agent is a chatty sort, full of lively local folklore. He reassures that that every rural area has tales about dead cities arriving on the back of a comet. Apparently, we have neighbours, although we never see them out and about in the daytime. Must be gamers. One of them, Gla’aki, is supposed to be a prickly sort but we’re sure that meeting him with prove revelatory.







    Main Topic: Gla’aki







    This episode is our latest exploration into the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. We have devoted previous episodes to Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian, Ithaqua, and Cthulhu. This time, we’re returning to Ramsey Campbell, following our earlier discussion of his creations, Daoloth and Eihort.







    While Gla’aki has only appeared in a handful of Call of Cthulhu publications, he has made quite an impact, and not just on the Brichester area. He’s an interesting example of how Mythos deities can change over time. While we’ve seen other deities evolve in the hands of multiple writers, Gla’aki represents one of the largest revisions by its original author.







    Gla’aki in all his spiny glory





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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * “The Inhabitant of the Lake” by Ramsey Campbell* The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants by Ramsey Campbell* The Thing From the Lake by Eleanor Ingram* The Revelations of Gla’aki* The Last Revelation of Gla’aki by Ramsey Campbell* (Currently to be found in Visions From Brichester, from PS Publishing)* The Stone of Scone* a href="https://lovecraft.fandom.

    • 54 min
    Loot

    Loot

    We’re back and we’re building up our hoards. All this loot is nice and shiny but it’s not especially comfortable. We wonder how dragons can sleep on their treasure without putting their backs out. Maybe they use orthopaedic coins. Even then, they must spend half their waking hours prying gemstones from delicate crevices.







    Main Topic: Handling Loot







    This episode is a broad discussion of the role of finances in RPGs. Whether it’s ensuring your investigator has the funds to go globetrotting or deciding what kinds of treasures to include in your scenarios, we delve into it here. As usual, the main focus is on Call of Cthulhu, but we explore how other RPGs handle loot and finances as well.







    D&D players look at a hoard like this and see riches. Call of Cthulhu players too busy worrying what those green gems might hatch into…





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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * D&D* Call of Cthulhu subreddit* Grizzly Peaks Radio* The British Class System* Blades in the Dark* Dread: The First Book of Pandemonium* OSR* Deadlands* Powered by the Apocalypse* Vaesen













    * Kult* Unknown Armies* Old Scouser Roleplaying* Barbarians of Lemuria* Conan* “The Meat Trade” on Ain’t Slayed Nobody* World War Cthulhu: London* The Two-Headed Serpent* Mörk Borg* Mythos Tomes* Fallout: New Vegas



















    News







    Scott and Paul on the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast







    Our good friends at the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast recently invited Paul and Scott to do story readings. Paul read extracts from “Lost Memory” by Pet...

    • 57 min
    Media Catch-up – Books

    Media Catch-up – Books

    We’re back and we’re making like bookworms. This is easier than it might seem, given that bookworms don’t really eat books — just their bindings — and aren’t even worms. Then again, they don’t read much either, so maybe we need better role models. We’d give the whole thing up if this glue weren’t so tasty.







    Main Topic: Media Catch-up – Books







    This episode is the latest in our regular discussions of the media we’ve been consuming. Once again, we’re cracking open some books and letting their words run rampant across our minds.







    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:













    * The History of Middle-Earth edited by Christopher Tolkien* The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by HP Lovecraft* “The Lost Road” by JRR Tolkien* Old English* Beowulf discussion* Weird Tales* The Trail of Cthulhu by August Derleth* “Herbert West — Reanimator” by HP Lovecraft* Space mead* Pulp Cthulhu* Ithaqua













    * Special X series* Ghoul by Michael Slade* Headhunter by Michael Slade* The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris* The Expanse series by James SA Corey* Red Dragon by Thomas Harris













    * Necronomicon Providence* Nicole Cushing* Thomas Ligotti* Richard Laymon* Jack Ketchum* Clive Barker* The Sadist’s Bible by Nicole Cushing* Mr Suicide by Nicole Cushing* The Mirrors by Nicole Cushing* Unknown Armies* a href="https://www.goodreads.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Night House

    The Night House

    We’re back and we’re taking an almost Lovecraftian interest in architecture. While we’re suckers for a good gambrel roof, these blueprints for The Night House are far more compelling. The Welsh maze designs, the oddly reversed floorplans, and the classic Roman curios that adorn the place have quite captured us. We’re especially taken with the architect’s cunning use of negative space. And, best of all, it’s fitted with underfloor corpses! Truly, every modern convenience… Now, where the hell is the exit?







    Main Topic: The Night House







    This episode is our discussion of the 2020 horror film, The Night House. As ever, we offer a quick overview of the film’s background before picking it apart, looking for gaming inspiration. This is an unusual and creepy film and it offers plenty to spark our imaginations.













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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Sundance Film Festival* David Bruckner* The Signal (2007)* V/H/S (2012)* Southbound (2015)* The Ritual (2017)* Luis Buñuel* The Phantom of Liberty (1974)* Super Dark Times (2017)* Siren (2016)* Hellraiser (1987)* Hellraiser (2022)* A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay* “The Calvary Cross” by Richard and Linda Thompson



















    * Pareidolia* Sleep paralysis* Carnival of Souls (1962)* It Follows (2014)* The Louvre Doll* Roman curse tablets* Mythos Deities: Nodens* Caerdroia* The Goetia* Mazes and Monsters (1982)* Caerdroia from Big Finish* Willen Lake* “The Burning Stars” from a href="https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/82117/Terrors-From-Beyond?term=terrors+from+beyond?

    • 56 min
    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5

    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5

    We’re back and we’re waking up. It’s been a long old kip, but not that refreshing really. Dreams of being chased by hunting horrors aren’t as restful as we might like. On the bright side, we’ve awoken to a world as wonderous as any dream. Admittedly, that may be more the paucity of our dreams than any praise of the waking world. Who would have thought that our dream city was Milton Keynes all along?







    Main Topic: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5







    This is the conclusion of our multi-episode exploration of Lovecraft’s novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. In our earlier episodes (part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4), we looked at the story’s origins and followed Randolph Carter’s increasingly odd adventures in search of his dream city. Now, we’re journeying into Kadath itself, accompanying Carter to, we hope, the fruitful conclusion of his quest.







    As ever, we pick the story apart, looking for Call of Cthulhu inspiration. In particular, we spend some time wondering how mountains can tiptoe so daintily. Maybe that extra head helps with coordination.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Plateau of Leng* Night-gaunts* At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft* Shantaks* Nyarlathotep* Pschent* Men of Leng* “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft* The One Ring* Powered by the Apocalypse







    A pschent. Gesundheit!







    * Randolph Carter* Howard Carter* Tutankhamen* “Nyarlathotep” by HP Lovecraft* “The Statement of Randolph Carter” by HP Lovecraft* King Kuranes* Vega* Azathoth* Frankie Howerd







    Titter ye not!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Jami Spradlin ,

Good Friends, Good Games, Great Conversation

I listened to this podcast for 9000 minutes this year- which seems a bit low, as often as I end up turning on an episode when driving or doing chores! The Good Friends got me into Call of Cthulhu as well as some delightfully demented novels and movies. The hosts are all funny and thoughtful, with surprisingly tasteful senses of humor, and their advice for Keepers is incredibly solid.

ggergnayr ,

Great across the board

I’ve never played Call of Cthulhu but this podcast has helped me run DnD, Nights Black Agents, Blades in the Dark, and a few other games.
Insightful episodes on GMing theory, horror and horror theory, and what makes gaming better than good.

BrySquatch ,

Absolutely fantastic!

I like to try out a lot of gaming related podcasts, but I find so many of them wanting. The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is most definitely not one of those. This is fantastic podcast! The hosts are so knowledgeable and interesting, and their conversations never drag. They do such a great job of covering a variety of topics, not necessarily gaming related, and finding really interesting ways of tying it all back to the hobby that so many of us love. The production value is really high here, which is something that can often be missing from some other shows. To paraphrase Joe Bob, 5 stars! Check it out!

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